When did you first move to Bristol?
We migrated here on 2nd January 2011, from a scenically beautiful but creatively vapid town.
Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?
We could never pick a favourite, there are too many inspiring and humble artists in this city. There’s never been a dull moment at a Giant Swan show though; it’s rare we let loose together, but those cygnus get us hot under the feathers.
What are your favourite eats around town?
We hold most of our illicit meetings at The Mayflower in the Bear Pit, even though we definitely can’t afford it, but we also have hankerings for Wangs on Wells Road.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
Bristol is a hive of creative activity producing some of the most important output across all the arts. It feels like home and it sounds like the blood in our veins.
And your least favourite?
The no. 2 bus has plagued our lives for far too long.
How are you feeling going into the last ever NYNN this month?
A complete mix of emotions, New Year New Noise has always been the baby/brainchild of, or noose for, J-Owl, so even though we feel sad it is coming to an end, we’re proud we’ve managed to place ourselves in a world where it seemed we didn’t belong – and that was down to Joe’s never-ending ideas and drive. A Trojan horse filled with acerbic music and intent which we exploded once a year in a dying space. They’ve been four shows we will never forget, and this final weekend is set to top the lot.
Howling Owl have been a prominent creative force in the city for the last seven years, with the fifth and final New Year New Noise taking place at the Brunswick Club on 12th January.